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Entrepreneur Tips

The Basics of Starting a Business with Absolutely Nothing

Many people hold off on starting a business because they figure they don’t have the money to start. But you don’t need money at all to start. In fact, the less you start with, the less you have to lose! So starting with nothing should really make you pretty fearless! I’ve always loved the brief…

External Business Risks- What They Are, How to Spot Them

When most people think of business risks they think of bad things that can happen to the business that are about the business. What if we open the restaurant and everyone hates the food? What is we start a website and we can’t get any traffic? These are internal risks and need to be addressed…

Four Reasons Your Company NEEDS to Stay in Good Standing

Congratulations! You’ve had your business for almost a year (maybe more!) and the roller coaster ride has been exciting, challenging and rewarding. With all of the effort you put into working on and in your business, it’s important you maintain your company’s good standing status in the state (jurisdiction) of creation and/or the states where…

New CapForge Compare and Contrast Advertising Plan

This seemed like a fun way to explain our business to potential new clients. Visually, using a metaphor that hopefully makes our value proposition clear and entices the viewer to pursue more information. Plus, it just seemed kind of fun! And no seals were harmed in the making of this ad, so it’s really win-win-win…

How to Quickly Analyze a Business for Sale

If you are looking at buying a business as a way of getting started in your own business, then you need to learn how to quickly and heartlessly tear the business apart so you know if it s worthy of any more of your time. Once you’ve done it a few times, and learned the…

The Importance of Timing in Starting a Business

There are right now literally millions of people telling themselves they are going to start their own business just as soon as the time is right. Many of them are fooling themselves, and they are never going to start a business. The excuses they tell themselves, however, sound like valid reasons to wait. Some of…

10 Tips for Successful Marketing with Promotional Items

I sometimes get the question- can I write off all these old “blanks” that we bought to give away but never did? Usually the question comes while the business owner is pointing to a stack of old boxes filled with T-shirts that say “Have a Great Summer-2008” or chipped and broken coffee cups with the…